From the beginning of the year, more than 1.3 mln passengers entered the Moscow metro and the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) by paying via contactless bank cards, smartphones and Troika Pay Rings. Almost 40% of such entries accounted for April. As of the end of this month, contactless reader devices are installed on 710 ticket gates (two in each hall).
Compared to March, April saw 78% more metro and MCC passengers using contactless payment methods. During the first week of April, 89,000 passengers chose to take advantage of contactless technologies; by the end of the month, their number increased to 147,000 a week.
Contactless payment methods are getting increasingly popular, growing from 39.7% to 93.2% since the beginning of the year. In quantitative terms, the increase is almost five-fold, from 105,000 entries in January to 507,000 in April.